[HINESBURG, VT] Optimal Energy, Inc., a Vermont-based energy efficiency consulting group, is proud to announce energy efficiency expert Elizabeth Chant has joined the leadership team as Managing Consultant.

Chant brings passion and deep expertise in the areas of equity and access to sustainable energy. She has successfully fought for people who have been historically under-represented in these areas. Her experience includes ten years with the Vermont low-income Weatherization Assistance Program, plus fifteen years working on public benefit and utility programs. Focused on the needs of low- income people and multifamily buildings, she has worked as both a program implementer and a consultant.

Most recently, Chant was a Principal Consultant with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). She managed and developed the proposal for the original bid and successful rebid for VEIC’s work as the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). She subsequently served as the first Multifamily Program Manager for the DCSEU. In earlier roles at VEIC, she developed and managed award-winning multifamily programming for Efficiency Vermont.

“Elizabeth is joining our leadership team at an exciting time in energy efficiency,” says partner Eric Belliveau. “Cities across the country are clamoring for practical energy-saving solutions, and she’s a highly respected advocate and change agent in our industry.”

Chant holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from Georgetown University. She serves on the boards of the National Housing Trust and Three3 and has previously served on the boards of Home Performance Coalition, National Utility and Energy Affordability Coalition, Affordable Comfort, and social service organizations in her community.

Founded in 1996, Optimal Energy Inc. provides a full range of energy efficiency consulting services to investor and municipally owned utilities, program administrators, state and federal energy offices, regulatory commissions, advisory councils, and advocacy groups. Optimal has worked in 40 states and five Canadian provinces. Seven of the top ten U.S. states ranked for energy efficiency are current Optimal Energy clients. The firm specializes in assessing, developing, designing, planning, and launching efficiency programs. They also develop policies that effectively address the needs of all stakeholders in a cost-effective, balanced fashion.